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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy promotes upcoming Adirondack Whitewater Challenge on Hudson River

Rafting with Beaver Brook Outfitters, based in Wevertown, which specializes in whitewater rafting trips on the Hudson River

Rafting with Beaver Brook Outfitters, based in Wevertown, which specializes in whitewater rafting trips on the Hudson River

— The Associated Press reported Feb. 13 that New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy challenged mayors at the New York Conference of Mayors in Albany this week to take part in the governor's upcoming Whitewater Challenge, which has yet to be scheduled.

There has been talk locally that the races will take place on the upper Hudson River in July.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the establishment of the Whitewater Challenge during his State of the State address in January but offered no details. He spent a couple days rafting down the Hudson River in September 2012 with guides at the Beaver Brook Outfitters, based in Wevertown.

Duffy said the goal of the whitewater derby is to give attention to the recreational resources in the Adirondack Park in order to boost economic development, according to the AP. Duffy explained that there will be co-ed six-member crews in rubber rafts and all members of the teams must work for those government entities.

The governor's office still has not returned phone calls regarding this event.

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